Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for replacing Dean?

What role does the Foundry congregation play?

How do I offer input or ask more questions about the search?

Will there be an interim senior pastor?

How long will this take?

Will Foundry still practice marriage equality?

Will this affect the Mission Possible capital campaign?

When are we going to celebrate Dean’s ministry?


What is the process for replacing Dean?

Our Episcopal leader, Bishop Marcus Matthews, will appoint our new senior minister in consultation with Foundry’s Management Board. Bishop Matthews said he will conduct a search both within the Baltimore-Washington Conference and nationally. He expects many pastors will be interested. Bishop Matthews, who last preached at Foundry in January, knows Foundry well and recognizes our commitment to justice and inclusion.

Our lay leaders have already met with our bishop and district superintendent to talk about the search process. Our district superintendent, the Rev. Cynthia Moore, will explain the process to the full congregation during our May 5th Holy Conversation.


 What role does the Foundry congregation play?

The congregation will provide input to Foundry’s Management Board. The Board will write the job description that Bishop Matthews will use to evaluate candidates. The Board’s job is to describe the qualities Foundry seeks in our new senior minister and the duties he or she will assume.


 How do I offer input or ask more questions about the search?

The Management Board will host listening sessions at the May 5th Holy Conversation and during the annual Church Conference on June 23rd. (both at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary) You may also email the Board at managementboard@foundryumc.org or contact Board members individually.


 Will there be an interim senior pastor?

Dean will remain the senior pastor until a new senior pastor is appointed to serve starting July 2014.


 How long will this take?

Bishop Matthews has told us he will begin the search for Dean’s replacement in the fall. We expect to know by early next spring who will be our new senior minister.


 Will Foundry still practice marriage equality?

Yes. Nearly three years ago, Foundry’s congregation voted 367-8 to support clergy who choose to officiate at same-sex weddings at Foundry’s facilities. That message could not be clearer. The Management Board is committed to ensuring clergy (even if they are not on Foundry staff) are available to officiate at those weddings.


 Will this affect the Mission Possible capital campaign?

Hundreds of Foundry members have already pledged $3 million to make our church a more welcoming place that can better serve our missions and ministries. The Board will honor those commitments. The needs of the Foundry community that the renovations address will remain even after Dean departs.


 When are we going to celebrate Dean’s ministry?

There will be plenty of time to plan for a celebration. Dean wants us to concentrate on continuing our work in the life of the church. Closer to the time of his retirement, announcements will be made about a celebration.


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The Management Board

Jill Barker, president; Tara Holeman, vice president; Dan Vock, secretary; Clareice Chaney, treasurer; Larry Slagle; Bill McLeod; Louise Franklin; Nicole Woo and Jane Northern